Updated: 06-May-2002 Press Statements

5 Dec. 2000


NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council
Meeting at Ministerial level
held in Brussels on 5 December 2000

The NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council (PJC) met at the level of Defence Ministers on Tuesday, 5 December 2000 in Brussels.

Ministers emphasised their commitment to a strong and stable NATO-Russia partnership aimed at enhancing Euro-Atlantic stability and security, as enshrined in the Founding Act.

Ministers discussed the situation in the former Yugoslavia, including the implications of the recent democratic changes, and welcomed the encouraging trends in the region. They reaffirmed their determination to consult and cooperate closely in pursuing their common objective of promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the Balkans. They welcomed the continuing progress in cooperation between NATO and Russian military officers at SHAPE, and the excellent cooperation between their military forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Kosovo. They confirmed their joint resolve to fully implement the provisions of UNSCR 1244 and the Dayton Peace Agreement.

Ministers exchanged views on the defence-military priorities and perspectives for the NATO-Russia dialogue and cooperation. They endorsed a status report and agreed a work programme on search and rescue at sea, and welcomed the progress already made in this area through experts' meetings. In the spirit of common interest and transparency, they exchanged views on defence reform in the light of announced or ongoing restructurings of their forces. They agreed to pursue discussions in this area and to consider possible ways of expanding their cooperation. They agreed to consult on the opening of a NATO Military Liaison Mission in Moscow. Finally, Ministers had a further exchange of views on non-strategic missile defence.

Ministers welcomed the significant progress achieved in the last few months, and agreed to meet again in June in Brussels.

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